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Definition of Witness

Witness

  1. Attestation of a fact or an event; testimony.
  2. That which furnishes evidence or proof.
  3. One who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an earwitness.
  4. One who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed in all essential facts.
  5. One who sees the execution of an instrument, and subscribes it for the purpose of confirming its authenticity by his testimony; one who witnesses a will, a deed, a marriage, or the like.
  6. To see or know by personal presence; to have direct cognizance of.
  7. To give testimony to; to testify to; to attest.
  8. To see the execution of, as an instrument, and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed.
  9. To bear testimony; to give evidence; to testify.

Witness Quotations

Woodstock happened in August 1969, long before the Internet and mobile phones made it possible to communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere. It was a time when we weren't able to witness world events or the horrors of war live on 24-hour news channels.
Richie Havens

I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging.
George W. Bush

Life isn't something you possess. It's something you take part in, and you witness.
Louis C. K.

It might be liberating to think of human life as informed by losses and disappearances as much as by gifted appearances, allowing a more present participation and witness to the difficulty of living.
David Whyte

Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.
John Hersey
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Witness Translations

witness in Afrikaans is bywoon
witness in Dutch is getuige
witness in German is Zeuge
witness in Italian is testimonio
witness in Latin is testimonium, testis
witness in Portuguese is testemunha
witness in Spanish is testigo
witness in Swedish is bevittna, vittna, vittne

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